Berkeley Guitar is a collection of new recordings by three of the Bay Areas finest young acoustic guitarists: Sean Smith, Adam Snider, and Matt Baldwin.
The city of Berkeley and the acoustic guitar share a rich, decades-long history most notably as the Sixties home base of Takoma Records, which released landmark recordings by John Fahey, Robbie Basho, Leo Kottke and many others. This history inspired three young guitarists from the Bay Area to create a document of the present-day guitar scene. The album was produced by Sean Smith and recorded and mastered at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA. Larry Kelp of Berkeley public radio station KPFA contributes liner notes, as does Ed Denson, co-founder of Takoma Records.
"On this album, the three young guitarists evoke three Berkeley guitarists from an earlier generation - Leo Kottke, Peter Lang and the late John Fahey - whose 1974 joint album was the last great release from Berkeley's historic Takoma Records, epicenter of the solo steel-stringed finger-picking revolution of the '60s." - Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle
Deluxe Gatefold Vinyl
1. The Augur of Deviation
2. What once was will be.
3. Die until tomorrow, sleep.
4. Lonely Tuesday Ramble
5. Swamp Angel
6. The Little Death
7. The Anger of God
9. Split, Part 2 (written by Tony McPhee)
10. Anji (written by Davey Graham)
11. She was a girl, she was in love